R.B.E. No. 144/2003
Subject: Psychological Test in Departmental Selections.
[No. E(NG)I(2002/PM1/31, dated 22.8.2003]
In terms of this Ministry's letter No. E(NG)I/92/PM1/22, dated 26.9.1994 (Bahri's 79/199, p.158), the serving staff are required to be subjected to psycho-test at the stage of promotion to the post of Switchman, ASM, Diesel/Elec. Asstts., Goods Driver, Motorman and at the stage of deployment of Drivers on Rajadhani / Shatabdi Express trains. In this Ministry's letter No. E(NG)I/98/PM1/4, dated 13.7.1999 (Bahri's 173/1999, p.169) it was clarified that psycho test wherever prescribed will be qualifying nature and part of the selection meaning thereby that a person who fails in the psycho test is not eligible to be included in the panel.
2. The scope of Psycho Test and its effect on the eligibility of staff for empanelment have been considered by a high level Committee. The recommendations of the Committee have been considered by the Board and following decisions have been taken:-
(i) The Pyscho Test should henceforth be called as 'Aptitude Test'.
(ii) So far as in-service employees are concerned, the Aptitude test will now be applicable at the stage of promotion as ASM, Diesel/ Elec. Asstts. and Motorman (EMU/MEMU/DMU) and at the stage of deployment of Drivers on high speed trains running above 110 kmph. While the Aptitude test need not be given to Drivers of Rajdhani / Shatabdi Express trains running at lower speeds, the Divers for deployment on non-Shatabdi/ Rajdhani trains also running over 110 kmph should be subjected to the Aptitude Test.
(iii) The Aptitude test should be given a weightage of 20% in the selection for promotion as ASM, Diesel/Elec. Asstt. and Motorman and should be integrated in the selected proceedings. In other words, the Aptitude test will no more be of qualifying nature.
2.1 It has been decided further that weightage of 20 marks, that is required to be given to Aptitude test in the selection for promotion to the above categories should be given in lieu by bifurcating the heading/ marks under the heading Personality, address, leadership and academic / technical qualifications. Accordingly in the case of selection for promotion as ASM and Diesel/ Elec. Asstts. covered by procedure laid down for general (selection) posts, the existing heading "Personality, address, leadership and academic / technical qualifications should be bifurcated as under:-
Max. Marks Qualifying Marks
(i) Academic / technical qualifications…… 10 Nil
(ii) Aptitude Test…………………………. 20 Nil
In the case of selection for promotion as Motorman the existing heading "personality, address, leadership and academic/ technical qualifications should be deleted and substituted by the following:-
Max. Marks Qualifying Marks
"Aptitude Test…………………….. 20 Nil
3. It has been decided that only the staff who clear the written test held as part of the selection should be subjected to Aptitude Test.
4. The Indian Railway Establishment Manual should also be amended as in the ACS No. 149 enclosed.